Nordstrom reveals design of NYC flagship store

nordstrom1Seattle luxury retailer Nordstrom has unveiled the footprint and exterior design of its New York City flagship store, expected to open in 2019.

The 363,000-square-foot store will encompass four individual properties in the Columbus Circle neighborhood of midtown Manhattan, along Broadway, between West 57th and West 58th Streets. The four properties include existing historic buildings and new construction.

The new construction will be at the base of Central Park Tower, developed by Extell Development Co. The three properties’ interiors will be connected, while the fourth will be across Broadway. The latter will house Nordstrom Men’s store annex.

The exterior of the store’s new construction will feature a “unique seven-level glass waveform façade.” This is envisioned by design firm, New York-based, James Carpenter Design Associates. The firm’s past projects include Gucci’s flagship store in Tokyo.

The façade of the new construction is intended to catch light as it strikes through the east-west axis of West 57th and West 58th Streets, and continually changes as the sun angles shift from morning to evening. The waveforms also provide an interactive viewing experience for customers inside the store and for those outside at street level, creating views up and down the streets while selectively displaying the activity within the store.

“The modern exterior glass design combined with the historical renovations honour both the past and future of Manhattan,” said Pete Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom.

Nordstrom has full-line clothing stores in New Jersey, Long Island, upstate New York and several other Nordstrom Rack off-price stores throughout the state, including one in Manhattan.

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